Because we all know all too well that Democrats just can’t seem to help themselves. We now have another Democrat politician sentenced to 27 months in prison for taking $110,000 in corrupt payments from developers doing business in the very city he was elected to serve.
The Department of Justice reported:
Alex D. Blanco, 45, of Passaic, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an information charging him with one count of soliciting and accepting corrupt payments in connection with City of Passaic business. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
“Mayor Blanco admitted to aggressively soliciting and accepting illegal payments from developers, taking for himself federal money that was intended to help provide housing for some of the city’s poorest residents,” Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick said. “This case demonstrates that public officials who exploit their office for personal gain can expect to be thoroughly investigated and aggressively prosecuted.”
“The mayor’s sentencing sends a message that no one is above the law. It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our special agents and their law enforcement colleagues—job well done,” acting Special Agent in Charge Brian A. Michael, Homeland Security Investigations, Newark Field office, said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From 2010 through 2012, two developers were seeking to build eight low-income residential units on property they owned in Passaic. After the Passaic City Council and the Passaic Zoning Board of Adjustment granted approval, Blanco – who had been mayor since November 2008 – had an intermediary approach the developers in July 2011. The developers were told they were expected to provide a sizable payment to the mayor to ensure that the project would proceed…
In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Blanco to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $110,000.
This is nothing new. Once again another scumbag Democrat politician defrauds the very people he was elected to serve. Luckily this joker is a small time crook, unlike the ones we get here in my home state of California. Here, since there is no Republican Party presence whatsoever, Democrats are just allowed to run amok with no type of opposition at all.
Mayor Blanco took only $110k. What he should have done is called California State Senator Diane Feinstein to show him how it’s really done. In this one party rule state, crooked Democrat politicians approved a high-speed train no one wants nor needs. By doing so, of course, Richard Blum, Feinstein’s husband is pocketing over 1 billion in government contracts for this already overbudget project which California can’t afford since we are in huge debt as it is because it’s our “obligation” to house, school and feed every foreign reject who wants to come to our state illegally. Of course, this hasn’t been the first time Blum has received kickbacks for “projects” his good wife Diane had lobbied to get passed.
Now see Mayor Blanco, that’s how it’s done! Amature!
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